The Nissan Qashqai has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year for 2015.
In a closely run race, in which 10 points separated the top three contenders, the Qashqai was voted the top car by the members of the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA).
The final voting was - 1 Nissan Qashqai 160 points; 2 Mercedes Benz C Class 155 points; 3 Peugeot 308 150 points.
Nissan won two category awards, the Qashqai in the medium car sector and the X-Trail in the large car sector.
Tom Dennigan of sponsors Continental, said that from a great crop of entrants for this year’s award the Irish Motoring Writers Association members selected an exciting model to carry the 2015 title.
“No doubt the Continental Irish Car of the Year accolade will provide a great badge of honour for the Nissan Qashqai to help it in the competitive Irish market next year,” he added.
Austin Shinnors, chairman of the IMWA, pointed out that this was the 38th year of the awards, and the Nissan Qashqai was a great car to join the 37 previous winners.
Awards were made in six categories, reflecting the diversified nature of the car market in Ireland.
Continental Irish small car of the year - Hyundai i10.
Continental Irish compact car of the year - Peugeot 308
Continental Irish medium car of the year - Nissan Qashqai.
Continental Irish large car of the year - Nissan X-Trail.
Continental Irish Executive car of the year - Mercedes Benz C Class.
Coninental Irish spsorts/performance car of the year - Alfa Romeo 4C